Battle Hymns For Children Singing CD
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The album contains the songs which made Haysi Fantayzee such a media and pop phenomenon here in the UK - the style of Kate and Jeremiah visually was always a clue to the music, but the content of that music escaped many. "Sabres Of Paradise" focussed on suicide, while "John Wayne Is Big Leggy" concerned itself with a stab in the eye of racism and the myth of white supremacy. And the ubiquitous "Shiny Shiny" was more than just a modern nursery rhyme - the song took a quirky look at an impending apocalypse.
This album is a treat not only on its own merits, but also because of the inclusion of the 12" versions of many of the singles - the 'Groovy Long Version' of "John Wayne" is more fun than a bouncy castle in summertime, and the remix of "Sister Friction" is nothing short of thrilling. The only thing that would have improved the track listing would have been the inclusion of Kate's solo single, "Love Me Like A Rocket" - the remix of that was astonishing, with the vocals of a angel and the look of a devil!
Take a walk back to 1983 and hear a timeless album that will have you humming away merrily all summer long. Dip beneath the Dickensian stove-pipes and dreadlocks and listen to the heart of the music. Re-live the good times ... You won't regret it..
This compilation is a Haysi fans godsend, complete with 12" versions and the unforgivably omitted (from the original album) 'Holy Joe'. Bouncing Pop tunes with singalong lyrics mask a content tackling racism, nuclear war and suicide, and Kate Garner's deliciously suggestive heavy breathing on 'Chizoola' could raise many an eyebrow even now!
The booklet info and pictures are excellent and any album that utilises pots, pans and children's toys to accompany the musical instruments and accentuate an original and stand alone sound is well worth it.
Only one small flaw in this audio spectacular is the extended version of 'Shiny Shiny' which sounds badly spliced together and differs from the original 12" vinyl Dance Mix (Shiny Shiny Dance (4:25) b/w Shiny Shiny 7" mix & Bon Temps version).
Apart from that, sheer brilliance!
Of course they didn't actually use pots pans spoons etc, they used a Fairlight CMI Sampler and a linndrum.
Polarizing or not the mix of kate and jeremy's vivienne westwood fashion sense and the quirked sample playback and dosey doe styles is just clever and fun and far tOo faraway now.
No one creates anymore, they just turn on the conveyor belt of ordinary new victorian muck now.
They play the phallus guitar like its all over.
These three had guts and conviction to create Brand new styles at a time when edginess did rule, because risk taking in music had to be the order of the day in 1981-1983 to push newer boundrys at that time than ever before. It was called 'Modern' and I still think that it is as its fresh and one of a kind and Thank goodness we still have this on cd right now, as its the best we have right now, in an aurally banktupt world of obese tub thumping mpc60 dance music thong wearing middle shaded long haired scrubbers who buy clothes from Chav valley.
Haysi Fantayzee wrote GREAT Pop Songs with a Big selection of World Music overtones. Plus the lyrics had some depth and darkside too! As well as Great inteligent Humour. and Sex!!
Kates voice should still be out there, She's got a lovely strong sultry voice. Plus many other good points. And takes a good Photo still! Find her in My Space!
Jeremy's not bad either and did quite well for himself. But what happened to Paul Caplin?
Probably owns a record company or two. Hope so.
...anyway, BUY! BUY! BUY! and revel in some Classic 80's pop that still sounds Great.
Let the Happiness in people!
Get on! Share and ENJOY
Despite some negative views on this outfit, they managed to have two huge hit singles in the UK, both of which were and remain cult favorites here in America, both of which are included on their lone album Battle Hymns for Children Singing. ‘John Wayne is Big Leggy’ is a crude country twang hoedown complete with old west whistling and gun fire sung as a back and forth duet by Kate Garner and Jeremy Healey. ‘Shiny Shiny’ also has a country toe-tapping vibe with a fiddle and some spoon percussion. Elsewhere on the album is a bit more variety. ‘More Money’ has a sort of Bow Wow Wow percussion beat, ‘Jimmy Jive Jive’ is quirky dance song, and ‘Chizoola’ has a sleazy overtone that ends with some pretty suggestive heavy breathing. ‘Shoofly Love’ is a personal favorite with another country vibe that borders between catchy/obnoxious.
Not everything on Battle Hymns was a success, though. ‘Sabres of Paradise’ is overlong and plodding, while ‘Here Comes the Beast’ is just annoying. The band’s final single ‘Sister Friction’ tries their hand at danceable soul music, complete with background singers to fill out the chorus. Despite their attempts to gain another hit single, it bombed, and with good reason. The song is not very good. This compilation is filled out with the inclusion of their 12” mixes, B sides, and a worthy non-album single ‘Holy Joe’.Read more ›
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Looks amazing in the videos, I had to get this delivered on disc. Man! Was it worth it!Published 5 months ago by Bradfordboy
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'Welcome to the Monkeyhouse' is a great track and deserved a better fate than it received. Granted, it should of been a bit but it wasn't. Read more
a great 80's revival cd!!haysi fantayzee didn'last longer,but in a short period of time they had such great hits like shiny shiny,jhon wayne is big leggy,chizoola,sister... Read morePublished on 28 May 2009 by Marco Ciompi